So it’s official, Summer is here. A time we all look forward to. Time to take our yearly vacations, get some gardening and yard work done. Sunlight is good for our general health, has healing properties and produces a feel good factor.
As we spend much more time outside during the Summer here are a few tips to help avoid sunburn.
Many times we don’t stop to think while we are out enjoying ourselves in the sun the potential for sunburn.
- Be sure to keep sunblock handy and apply regularly
- Consider wearing a hat, that can help with avoiding sunburn and heatstroke
- When your planning to be outdoors for an extended period of time be sure to have water with you to keep you hydrated
- Avoid midday sun, usually from noon to 2pm
- Wear cotton fabrics, they are cooler. Avoid loose weave fabrics that allow penetration of the sun’s rays
- Children should wear long sleeved shirts, hats and sunscreen
- Babies under 9 months should be kept out of direct sunlight
Vulnerable Groups for Sunburn:
- Fair skinned people who often have red or white hair and blue eyes
- Those on certain medications such as diuretics
- People with certain skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema
- Elderly, babies and young children are more more sensitive
If you take the proper precautions while out in the sun, you can prevent sunburn and still have an enjoyable time. Summer is only here for a short time, so get out there, hit the beach, do some gardening, but do it safely.
And for ways to stay cool during the summer months check out our other blog Keeping your home cool without air conditioning.
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